With the help of Recycling Furniture, FIRA now recycles a large proportion of the furniture it tests rather than sending it to landtill. FIRA is an authority on furniture and flammability testing, offering testing of furniture, materials and components to British, European and International Standards. Since T949, FIRA has developed many of the test methods which form the basis of furniture standards and regulations, such as BS 6222 (testing of domestic and contract kitchens).
Operations Manager for FIRA Testing Services Paul Soley said, “At the FIRA testing centre we test thousands of furniture products to life expectancy and in some cases destruction, testing them in terms of strength, safety, stability durability and flammability. This makes them dangerous for future use, meaning in the past FIRA had no choice but to dispose of them if they were not collected by the manufacturer.”
He added: “Sending furniture to landfill creates a huge problem for everyone involved. Not only does this harm the environment, but it’s also a massive waste of natural resources. Now FIRA are not only disposing ofthe tested products in a more convenient way, with Recycling Furniture regularly collecting the products from us, we are also disposing of the products more responsibly.”